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Old 06-04-2012, 11:23 AM
 
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Hello Lubbockians (am I rite?) I'm tired with the situation I am in now. I currently live with my parents in the midwest and I just want to move out and start a new chapter in my life. The reason why I chose Lubbock is because of Texas Tech ( I want to major in Petroleum engineering) and cheap housing. Its seems to have everything I'm looking for. But there are a few things that make me apprehensive. The jobs is one thing because I've been looking around and it seems like they don't hire much since its very secluded. Is a vehicle a necessity? I rather not take a vehicle just because of maintaining one and insurance it would be unaffordable. Are there any cheaper "community colleges' I can go to? I still have a few more classes to take before I transfer to Texas Tech.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:47 AM
 
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Hows it going.. To answer some of your questions.. First off Lubbock is an awesome place.. very flat and not alot of trees but the town has a certain thing about that makes it fantastic. I currently go to Tech and am studying Engineering so I can help ya with any questions about the school and engineering. There is a colmmunity college called South Plains that alot of students go to than transfer to Tech. Its very affordable and not to far away. If you were to go to south plains you would have to have a car or know someone else that has one. For Tech and Lubbock there are plenty of buses that routes all through the city. As for getting a job Lubbock has one of the lowest unemployment rate in the state.. I wanna say around 6%. Lubbock is getting bigger and building new things almost every day so jobs are plentiful. Also there is a big specualtion about an oil boom about to happen in Lubbock which is great news for not only PE majors (internships..full time jobs.. helping hands on the rigs) but good news for all of Lubbock. I would defintely come visit Texas Tech and Lubbock and see first hand.. its a great place and Tech is top notch.. I love it and hope you can soon call yourself a Red Raider. Wreck em Tech!
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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Are there a lot of students there now in the summer? I'd like to visit and see for myself this summer.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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There is a noticeable decline in the student population in the summer, but you'd still get a decent feel if you visited now. Lubbock has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation currently, but service sector jobs can be a little competitive just because of the amount of young people in the city. There are a few call centers that almost always seem to be hiring there.

The nearest community college is South Plains College, which is 30 miles away in Levelland. It's quite easy to transfer to Tech from there. There isn't any public transit service to it though. It is possible to go carless in Lubbock if you live in one of the neighborhoods adjacent to Tech and go there, but it wouldn't be very convenient. Lubbock is pretty spread out, so you'd probably be relying on friends for rides.

Being a petroleum engineering major means that it's not too hard to find a WELL-paid internship, though it'd likely be in another city.

And it's Lubbockites by the way.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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good luck
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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Like westerner said it will be a little slower during the summer due to 32,000 students being out for summer about 2/3rd of that leave and go home or on vacation! The fall is the best time of the year with all the kids back in town and football season in west Texas is better than Christmas! Good luck!
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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When I was going to Tech my car broke down once and I couldn't afford to get it fixed for about a month. It was a major adjustment to say the least...lol. As noted above, you can walk or take buses to most places you really need to go to if you live on campus or in the immediate vicinity of campus. Traveling outside of the campus area is challenging without a car. Good luck to you!
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:16 PM
 
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I have been worried about the getting around lubbock part. I may just apply to Texas Tech and save myself the trouble of going to south plains. Can anyone tell me if this these locations for housing are good? the Republic caught my eye because it seems very nice. The honey comb apts. also caught my eye due to the closeness of Texas Tech and pricing.

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Old 06-04-2012, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Denver
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The Republic is brand new, and it has an awesome pool. Honeycomb will be a little run-down, but nothing unsafe.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Lubbock, Texas
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Lubbock has nice apartments thrown everywhere. I've noticed they have been building quite a bit north/ northwest side of compus. If you google Lubbock apartments there is a site with all listings Apartments in Lubbock, TX - LubbockApartments.com. I currently live on Indiana which is right across the freeway from campus and there are plent of bus routes that run through here. If you plan on doing things on the west or south side of the city you would definitely need a vehicle. Good luck.
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